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THE REMEDY CLUB Back To You / released 26th May + Album Launch party Sunday 28th May in The Workman’s Club, Dublin (*full band show)

Back To You is the third album from Irish roots/Americana duo The Remedy Club. The album sees them broaden their sonic palette with strings and brass and features some notable Irish musicians including Aongus Ralston on bass (The Waterboys), Binzer Brennan on drums (The Frames), and Michael Buckley and Ronan Dooney on brass (Van Morrison). The album was co-produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Studios, Wexford. While their second album was recorded in Nashville, musically this new chapter sees them heading towards Memphis and New Orleans with nods to Fleetwood Mac along the way, carving out their own authentic path in Irish music.


Husband and wife duo The Remedy Club, comprising Kj McEvoy and Aileen Mythen have been described as ‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’’ by Hotpress Magazine. Their first two albums Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes and True Hand True Heart were independently released by the duo to great critical acclaim in Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US – ‘’My new favourite duo of all time (ROCKING MAGPIE, UK), ‘Outstanding’ (NO DEPRESSION, US).

Their sophomore album True Hand True Heart was recorded in Room and Board studios, Nashville, and produced by 5 –time Grammy award winner Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crowand was chosen as album of the week on RTE Radio One.  Hotpress magazine included the album in their top 10 folk albums of 2020.

Their latest offering Remedy Club ‘Back To You’ is due to be released 26th May 2023.


‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’ (HOTPRESS, IRE)

‘Spectacular’ (MAVERICK)

‘Outstanding album’ (NO DEPRESSION, USA)

‘Destined for big things’ (GET READY TO ROCK, UK)


‘It’s a stunner!’ ‘My new favourite duo of all time’ (ROCKING MAGPIE, UK)

‘Among today’s top roots artists‘ (YOUR LIFE IN A SONG, UK)


Aileen has is an established actor and voice artist. She has voiced hundreds of characters in well-known cartoons and movies including Disney’s Space Chickens’, Rainbow Rangers (Nick Jnr, Genius), and ‘Luis and the Aliens’ (Warner Brothers). She also voiced the character of Raquel in the groundbreaking video game ‘Beyond a steel sky’. Aileen has worked alongside some of the world’s most recognised actors including Harvey Keitel and Pierce Brosnan

Kieran is the brother of acclaimed singer and songwriter, Eleanor McEvoy who wrote the third best-selling Irish single of all time ‘A Woman’s Heart’.

Kieran lived in New York City for 8 years where he played with several hard rock bands including Electra Records ‘Smashed Gladys’.

Aileen and Kj have released 5 albums in total – the first two being under the name B & The Honeyboys.

Their 7-year-old daughter Layla Kay made her TV debut at 5 playing Minnie Driver’s daughter in the Amazon Prime series ‘Modern Love’, directed by John Carney.

MALACHY TUOHY Announces New SINGLE ‘Most Of The Time’ OUT 21 APRIL 2023

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Malachy Tuohy, vocalist and songwriter of the Riptide Movement, is set to release his debut solo album titled “I Cross This Universe” in June 2023. “Most of the Time” will be the first song to be released from the album and will be available to stream and download on all major platforms from April 21st 2023.

The Covid lockdown inspired Tuohy to embark on a new creative journey with “I Cross This Universe,” showcasing his impressive range as an artist and songwriter. The album features exceptional production by Gavin Glass and special guest performances from Albert Lee, Moya Brennan, Rachel Grace, Beth McNinch, and Paul Brennan.

“Most Of The Time” is the first song to be released from Tuohy’s debut album “I Cross This Universe”. It’s a heartfelt song that reflects on the complexity of self-expression, isolation, and disconnection. The song’s laidback feel, understated vocals, and soulful lyrics encapsulate the uncertainty of the time it was written. 

‘I wrote “Most of the time” during the covid lockdown. I wanted to write a song that reflected that feeling of uncertainty, isolation and disconnection, where everything is questioned and where our fears and insecurities are amplified.  I think it’s a song that everyone can relate to.’

Malachy Tuohy has earned international success and a gold-selling number 1 album with hit songs such as “All Works Out,” “Changeling,” and “Elephant in the Room” with his band, the Riptide Movement. “I Cross This Universe” showcases another side of his craft. The songs are intimate and stripped back, with an emphasis on the vocals and lyrics, making for an introspective personal sound.

“I’m buzzing to be releasing my debut solo album, ‘I Cross This Universe,’ and excited to share the first song, “Most of the time,” said Tuohy. “It’s been an incredible journey, and I’m grateful for all the support and collaborations from such talented musicians.”

The debut single “Most of the Time” is a must-listen for fans of soulful, heartfelt music and is a taste of what’s to come from his upcoming album “I Cross This Universe”. 


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The best party of the Summer ‘Forever Young Festival’ returns on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of July on the luxurious grounds of Palmerstown House Estate, Co Kildare.

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Forever Young Festival- It’s the Time Of Your Life!!!

The fastest-growing festival in Ireland returns with a bang for its third year. 2023’s Forever Young Festival, where the 80s come alive, will take place on July 14-16 at Kildare’s beautiful Palmerstown House Estate and showcases some of the greatest artists of the 1980s. Take a trip back in time for three days in style and relive your youth! Erasure’s Andy Bell alongside UK pop duo Bananarama are set to headline the festival alongside a mysterious, soon-to-be-announced Friday night act (see below for the full mouth-watering line-up).

Each year, folks bring their camping chairs, reunite their old gangs, and feel forever young over the weekend, watching over 30 iconic original bands from the late ‘70s to the early ‘90s”. This year includes Billy Ocean, ABC, Tony Hadley, Go West, Soul II Soul, and many more. These artists are at their peak, with most celebrating 4 decades or more in the business, and sound better than ever.

“Bananarama put on a brilliant show last year, we wouldn’t normally have an artist from the previous year back this quickly, but it’s a special occasion, a worldwide 40th- anniversary tour!” says Festival Organiser Dr Sharon Alston smiles, speaking from her home in Co. Laois So many people wrote to us after 2022 and said, ‘We’ve got to have Bananarama back!’. And with Neville Staple from Fun Boy 3 joining us, it will be extra special.

Announcing the Line-up so far: More acts to be announced, but already Forever Young
sets out to retain its ‘Best Line up in Ireland’ status featuring: –

Erasure’s Andy Bell | Bananarama | Billy Ocean | Tony Hadley | ABC | Soul II Soul | Tom Bailey | Midge Ure | Go West | Jason Donovan | Hot House Flowers | Cry Before Dawn | Cutting Crew | China Crisis | John Parr | Blancmange | From the Specials – Neville Staples | From The Jam | Jerry Fish | Stray Cats -Slim Jim Phantom | Modern Romance | Heaven 17’s Glen Gregory | Jaki Graham | Propaganda’s Claudia Brucken | Lotus Eaters Peter Coyle | The Farms Peter Hooton | M- Robin Scott | The Doctor | Qween + more to come!!!

This is a high-end adult party weekend par excellence like no other… A truly unforgettable musical experience. A mixtape weekend where colleagues, friends, and family can reconnect with their youth, pull on their leg warmers and ra ra skirts, don the shoulder pads, roll up their suit sleeves along with mirrored aviator shades, and enjoy the 80’s all over again. This is a trip in a time machine, and true to their era, a classic DeLorean and Knight Rider ‘Kit’ car welcomes you at the main arena entrance. Guests also get to enjoy the vintage atmosphere and the nostalgic thrill of the 80s gaming world at the retro gaming tent with Space Invaders, Pac-man, and original arcade games that set the foundation of all gaming.

Forever Young has on-site camping, luxury glamping, campervan, and caravan pitches available. With high-end flushing toilets and hot showers, glamping with home comforts – including beds, duvets, power, pamper parlours, golf buggies that give lifts around the site, there is an experience to suit all requirements and budgets. For those who can’t or won’t camp, an array of hotel packages and transport options take all the hassle and confusion out of booking your weekend. This mixtape school disco weekend is not by any means only for the festival crowd. It’s all killer, no filler, with era-defining hits for all tastes, all day.

The Forever Young Festival exploded onto the scene in 2019, winning awards for ‘Best Medium-Sized Festival’ & ‘Best Line-up’ in its first year of operation. Post lockdown -July 22- attendees adored the opportunity to finally get out and party in the sun. It’s impossible to put into words, but something very special happens at Forever Young, the attendees described it as ‘a field in Kildare, that just overflows with thrills and love, the best weekend of my life’. As we return in 2023, we hope to see you there!

Festival founder and organiser Dr Sharon Alston recounts:
“I wanted to launch a new animal welfare charity; Ireland didn’t have any ‘80s festivals. I’ve been to loads – they’re brilliant fun, I thought it would make the perfect fundraiser. It gives people an absolute shot of something money can’t buy: to lift you up and make you feel young again’.

Forever Young 2023 will have a bigger stage, VIP, Gold and late-night areas, and more entertainment than you can shake a shamrock at. We’ll be showing the All-Ireland semi-final matches in the Big Top tent, so you won’t miss a single thing.”

The Forever Young team is always on hand to help with any queries, adding a nice personal
touch to the fun.

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#ForeverYoung2023 #FYF23




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SJ Talbot is a pop artist from Clontarf, in the capital city of Dublin, Ireland. Her songs feature deep, soulful vocals, intelligently paired with high-caliber pop production. At an early age, Talbot was enrolled in musical theatre school and went on to study at BIMM Dublin, graduating in 2020. 

No stranger to the Irish music scene, she has worked as a session singer and keyboardist for various acts over the last four years. In 2017, she began producing her own music and developing her individual sound. In September 2020, she released her well received indie-pop influenced debut single, “Envy”, followed up by her second solo single, ‘Easy for Me’, in 2021 which peaked at no.6 on the Irish Breakers Radio Chart. 

On the back of this successful release, SJ was selected by iRadio to compete in the Irish Music Month Local Hero Radio competition which was sponsored by Hot Press magazine. Her latest release, a soft-pop dance anthem ‘Millisecond’, has garnered a lot of attention from the Irish Press, naming her a ‘One To Watch’ on Dublin’s Spin 1038, as well as an iRadio iLoveIrish track for May 2022.

All signs show SJ Talbot to be ready to make her own remarkable contribution to the current Irish springtime in contemporary pop.

Some of SJ Talbot’s life-long influences include Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone. Her music is inspired by indie-pop, electronic-pop and disco, and is reminiscent of the work of Agnes, GRACEY, CHIC & Nile Rodgers, La Roux, and Dua Lipa.

On her new single ‘Face It’ SJ visits the softer side of her pop sensibilities and releases a power ballad. Commenting on the song:

“I wrote Face It at the end of 2022 on my living room piano. I asked Eoin Butterfield to play keys on the track and we recorded it in Windmill Lane Recording studios with engineer Kevin O’Reilly in January of this year. It’s a heartfelt pop ballad influenced by the voices of Adele, Emeli Sande, and Lennon Stella to name a few. I’ve always loved power ballads and after writing upbeat tracks for some time, I wanted to produce a more vulnerable, intimate song like this to introduce a different side to me as an artist and songwriter.

The song is an ode to falling in love in your youth. Everything feels magical at the start of a new relationship until one day it doesn’t. I was in a situation where life was beginning to take me and someone else in different directions and neither of us wanted to admit that. This song depicts two people falling out of love for no known reason other than the fact they need room to grow separately”.

Face It, is out across all digital platforms on April 14th.

Wayne Brereton Announces Album The Robin’s Call Set To Be Released May 26th 2023 + Tour Dates.

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Wayne Brereton is a Folk/Ballad singer-songwriter from Co. Offaly in Ireland. He has been playing guitar in gigging bands since the age of 14 and was the featured guitarist for an Irish pop/rock band once very popular in the country called HOGAN. Wayne then returned to the genre he first fell in love with Ballad / Folk & Traditional Music, and he was a central member of his father’s band Turas. He also features as bass player and additional vocals for Derek Warfield and the young Wolfe Tones as well as fronting his own increasingly popular band, The Cardinal Sins.

Wayne cites Luke Kelly, Shane McGowan, Sean Keane & Christy Moore and of course his multi-talented father as his biggest influences for the crafting of his own style. Wayne is a Gaelic speaker and also worked as a tour guide in Kilmainham Jail, which puts him very much in tune with the love & culture of Irish songs & ballads.

It is due to the fact that Wayne’s Grandmother Minnie was born in Scotland and raised by Irish parents and returned to Ireland at the age of 16 in 1932 that he feels a strong connection with Scottish ballads, folk music, and Australian folk music – a place where some of his relatives emigrated in the early 1900’s.

Wayne has been on a journey with this collection of songs… Gathered over the last number of years from traveling far and wide. He gained inspiration from his influences and his love for the Irish language as well as overcoming health issues. As the project began in 2019, Wayne suffered a setback due to a congenital heart condition. A valve he received in 1995 suddenly stopped working and halted his active life. Although he was not bedridden, he did have limited energy to carry on with life and this is when he decided the time was now to start working on this project. The pandemic restrictions resulted in Wayne being confined to the hospital for 6 weeks without visitors, which at times was stressful and upsetting. February 2021 saw Wayne be released back to society & once he was back on his feet, he triumphantly returned to the studio to complete his mission of releasing ‘The Robin’s Call’.

The chosen title was in connection to both of Wayne’s Grandmothers as they always spoke of the Robin as a strong resilient bird that protects itself and will always return to where it should be and in local folklore, the belief that the Robin arriving at your back door or garden was always someone who had passed on and that they were coming back to say hello and see if you are alright.

Wayne comments that “It was a victory for me to finish this record, with so many trials and obstacles in the way. It is my hope that you enjoy the Songs and feel a connection with them the same way I have”. 

Track listing

  1. Keg Of Brandy

  2. ‘S Cuma Grian No Sion

  3. The Mountains Of Pomeroy (Feat Eva Coyle)

  4. Shepherd Lad

  5. The Diamantina Drover

  6. When First Unto this Country

  7. Come Rain or Come Shine

Tour dates: (More TBA)

  • Friday, May 26th – The Acoustic Room In The Anvil Inn Main St Portarlington Co. Laois (Launch night)
  • Thursday, 15 June – Whelans Mini Venue, Dublin
  • Friday, 23rd June – The Blackbird, Ballycotton Co. Cork


THE YOUNG’UNS Announce New Album ‘Tiny Notes’ + Irish Tour date 20/05 DUBLIN Pavilion Dun Laoghaire

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“Hugely captivating-performing with great verve and humour- a brilliant folk act” Stuart Maconie, BBC 6 Music

“Glorious… celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion” Mojo

Twenty years ago you might have thought it a far-fetched prediction. But today there’s no denying it – The Young’uns have become one of UK folk music’s hottest properties and best-loved acts.

The then teenage friends Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eaglehad literally stumbled over folk music in 2003 in the back room of The Sun Inn in their native Stockton-on-Tees, never knowing that such music existed. They became regulars and, as the youngest people in the room, were dubbed ‘The Young’uns’ – a name that, for better or worse, has stuck.

Building and honing their act, Stockton Folk Club’s star graduates went on to clinch the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’title two years running (2015 and 2016), toured their unique act in Canada, America and Australia, played Glastonbury and scooped the coveted Best Album award with the hugely impressive Strangers at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. More recently they have touched audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with their stage show The Ballad of Johnny Longstaffbased on the life of a Teesside local hero.

With their strong songs, spellbinding harmonies and rapid fire humour (Eagle is now also an award-winning stand-up comedian), they have achieved one of the trickiest balancing acts – an ability to truly ‘make them laugh and make them cry’.

These narrative songs – often moving, never mawkish – cut through the noise and get straight to the heart of the matter, be they personal stories that triggered global headlines or more intimate tales of everyday heroes closer to home.

On April 7, 2023 they will unveil their latest studio album Tiny Notes  probably their most powerful and affecting release to date. Bold, profound and resonant it showcases the ever growing talents of ‘premier league songwriter’ Sean Cooney who says writing songs about real, ordinary heroes has become ‘a personal passion’.

Cooney, who has recently been involved as one of five songwriters in the BBC project 21st Century Folk, has the knack of summing up a story in unflinching, sharply observed but compassionate, heartfelt lyrics.

Together with Hughes and Eagle, he has come up with a collection of folk songs for our time, which takes listeners on a journey from London to Lockerbie, Ireland to Syria, Florida to North Yorkshire. All sensitively arranged by the 30-something trio the songs recall victims of war and terrorism and heroes of the hour, turning the spotlight on injustice and ultimately celebrating love, tolerance and the indomitable human spirit.

Produced by Andy Bell on the Hudson Records label, the release takes its title from 22-year-old Paige Hunter’shandwritten messages of hope tied to the railings of Sunderland’s Wearmouth Bridge (depicted on the album cover) where tragically many people have decided to end their lives. But her notes are thought to have saved the lives of some 30 people in the North East and Paige’s action has inspired others to leave similar messages on bridges around the world.

Alongside The Young’uns strong trademark vocals, folk luminary Jon Boden has arranged soaring, graceful strings for some tracks while Eagle plays fluid piano, making for the band’s most enriched sound yet.

Karine Polwart, Lucy Farrelland Anne Lamb provide the ‘tiny notes’ that briefly punctuate the release.

Coursing a variety of tempos and moods, the 11-track album strides out with Jack Merritt’s Boots remembering the 25 year-old killed in a terror attack at London’s Fishmongers’ Hall in 2019; it recalls other young lives lost – Cambridge graduate Tim Burman and Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKeeand the daughters of Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen who tragically took their own lives and who are remembered in the poignant track Three Dads Walking (already released as a single).

Returning to Ireland the album traces the courageous story of Richard Moore (right) blinded as a child by an army bullet; salutes the strength of the human spirit in a dramatic rescue tale from Panama City Beach, champions the Right to Roam in Trespassers and recounts a Welsh trauma surgeon’s remarkable Syrian story.

While these are often songs prompted by loss and grief they emerge as hopeful, eloquent rainbow-after-rain creations.

Five years on from the group’s award-winning Strangers, the new album is probably The Young’uns strongest suit to date. The notes may be tiny but the songs are towering.

Tiny Noteswill be the first Young’uns album to be pressed on vinyl and will be manufactured at Press On Vinyl, a new plant in the band’s stomping ground of Middlesbrough. LPs are due to be available in late April.

Tiny Notes will be showcased on an extensive UK tour (April-June 2023) including a return to London’s Union Chapel and dates in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin.

Tiny Notes:

CD/Digital – Release – 7th April 2023

LP/Limited Edition Red LP – Release April 2023


Jack Merritt’s Boots – Opening the album is a driving song praising the spirit of Jack Merritt who was killed in the Fishmongers’ Hall terror attack of November 2019 near London Bridge when he was working at a prisoners’ rehabilitation event organised by Cambridge University.

Tiny Notes – the title track is a gentle, poignant but heart-warming song telling how Paige Hunter’s handwritten notes tied to the railings of Wearmouth Bridge have saved the lives of those in despair – the vocals beautifully backed with piano and strings.

Three Dads Walking –a hopeful a capella song that marks the comradeship of three fathers whose daughters all took their own lives. A tribute to the determination of Andy Airey, Mike Palmer and Tim Owen who walked 300 miles between their homes in Cumbria, Manchester and Norfolk in memory of Sophie, Beth and Emily and then hiked between all the UK Parliaments petitioning governments to include age appropriate suicide prevention on the school curriculum. The Dads have raised over £1 million for suicide prevention charity PAPYRUS. Already released a single, it has been featured on BBC Breakfast TV and ITV News.

Richard Moore – An affecting song based on the extraordinary courage of the Derry-based man blinded as a child in the Troubles by an army bullet. He has since met and befriended the soldier who fired the bullet and raised millions to help youngsters everywhere through his Children in Crossfire charity founded in 1996.

Hand over Hand – Given a rhythmic sea shanty style setting this is a song that tells the story of a dramatic rescue at Florida’s Panama City Beach in 2017 when Jessica and Derek Simmons instigated an 80-strong human chain to save nine members of the Ursrey family swept off their feet by a rip tide.

Lyra – Lyra McKee (above) was a 29 year-old investigative journalist from Belfast who was killed while observing a riot in Derry in April 2019. In a 2017 TED talk she had spoken movingly of the moment she came out to her mother. “Don’t tell me there’s no hope” she said. Her family are still campaigning for #Justice4Lyra.

Trespassers –A jaunty a capella number written for The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff – it tells the story of the Stockton man’s participation in ‘acts of civil disobedience’ in the 1930s advocating the Right to Roam. The most famous trespass took place at Kinder Scout, Derbyshire in 1932 and eventually led to the creation of our National Parks.

Tim Burman – In 2018 Rachel Robertson gave a ‘tiny note’ to The Young ‘uns asking if they might write a song for her brother Tim Burman, one of 270 people killed in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988. Tim had been New York-bound to spend Christmas with his girlfriend, Rose. Rachel didn’t envisage it as a sad song but a love song and one to keep the Lockerbie families’ campaign for justice alive. A tender song, embroidered with a beautiful string arrangement.

Roseberry Moon – the tender theme continues with this out-and-out love song inspired by a stunning photograph taken on the night of a full moon in February 2021. Says Sean: “Roseberry Topping is a famous hill on the North Yorkshire Moors and a proud landmark for Teessiders like us.” Steven MacDonald’s photo dramatically captured a couple silhouetted in the moon-bathed summit.

The Surgeon – a powerful and moving song of humanity and compassion telling the story of Welsh trauma surgeon David Nott saving the life of a young ISIS fighter in Aleppo, Syria. Nott continues to work in war zones and has recently been lending his skills to the injured in Ukraine.

Iuventa (‘Youth’) – the concluding track is a song about members of a non-governmental organisation from Berlin whose goal is to rescue people drowning in the Mediterranean. They are credited with saving some 14,000 lives. The Iuventa vessel was seized in 2017 and her crew await trial accused of colluding with people smugglers.

IMELDA KEHOE Announces New Album ‘Leave The Light On’ Set for March 24th Release.

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Imelda Kehoe is an Irish Contemporary Folk singer-songwriter who has created her own style, which is influenced by Folk, Blues, and with elements of Soul. Her songs are melody-rich, weaving a tapestry of stories, and life experiences written with the listener at heart and with a definite World music feel.

The Album, ‘Leave Your Light On’ was written during the year after the loss of Imelda’s brother, who passed away from Melanoma, aged 47. Their experience as a Family in supporting him and being with him when he died, weaves in and out of the album but it is not the intention for it to be melancholic or Sad, but rather to celebrate life. It was written with a Lightness of Touch and if there was one word that the artist would like people to describe it would be Gentle.

It covers many themes including identity, human nature, healing, and addiction, and brings the listener from West Colorado to Ohio and from London to the Mountains of Leinster with stories from Brothers, Sisters, Fathers, Mothers, Daughters, and Sons.

It is a piece of work that Imelda is extremely proud of.

The Album was produced by Larry Hogan. Vocals were recorded in Windmill Lane Studios.

‘Ohio’ is the first release from Imelda’s forthcoming Album ‘Leave The Light On” (Out March 31st) and brings the listener through America’s troubled past from the Indian War to the American Civil War, with lyrics that are relevant today. It has appeared across National playlists in Ireland and has been heralded as stunning by RTE radio 1 and a feat of artistry by BBC. 

Imelda comments on the song:

“Ohio was inspired by Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’ which I read in the summer of 2021. I fell in love with the story and his brilliant writing and I read it a few days whilst on holiday. Once I had finished it, I read it again. 
I love to write Songs that are inspired by human stories and have elements in them that everyone can relate to.I think it is the greatest compliment when someone says that a Song you wrote really connects with their own life story because that means that you’ve done something right in revealing enough of yourself to make it genuine but have focused on the listener’s experience, which is always my starting point. If someone is going to invest a few minutes of their precious time listening to my Song, I want it to be worth it.
The pre-chorus to Ohio is inspired by Barry’s reasoning for why they were good at Soldiering: “How we were able to see slaughter without flinching. Because we were nothing ourselves, to begin with,” This line inspired the Pre-Chorus of Ohio:“By the Holy River wide, Do we live, or do we die?We are nothing anyway.”
Other themes from the book that inspired Ohio were the savagery of the American Indian War, Starvation, Boredom, and the Economic devastation of the Civil war. Another significant theme is Identity. The main character, Thomas McNulty is more comfortable when he is dressed as a female and ultimately wants to be John Cole’s female wife, not his male lover. This inspired the lyric:“If we could rebuild a life, Find a star too great for the sky. For a life not approved, what have we got to lose?”
Musically, Ohio is structured in the traditional folk style but with a contemporary edge, thanks to Larry Hogan’s production and the Lead Guitar played by Horacio Valdivieso, an Ecuadorian Guitar player, who I have worked with on a number of projects”.

The song is also reminiscent of Emmylou Harris Pancho and Lefty with a hint of The Eagles Tequila Sunrise and was produced by Irish producer, Larry Hogan.

It was written and inspired following several visits to Redbooks Independent Book shop in Wexford where Imelda spent many hours among the labyrinth of Second hand-books.

Editors Notes

From a big Irish/English family, spending most of her childhood moving around and living in beautiful locations, while her parents renovated old properties. There would always be gatherings, campfires, and music and she describes these early influences as shaping her love of good melody, nature, and travel, which is a recurring theme in her music.

Imelda trained as a Nurse and worked in inner City A&E and Intensive Care Departments and cites these experiences as being influential in her Song Writing.

Video: Recorded at Red Books, Independent Book shop, Wexford, with the kind permission of Wally O’Neill and was filmed by Roberto Forte.


Irish Pop Sensation Michelle Grimes Announces Debut Self-Titled EP, Set To Be Released March 31st

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Michelle Grimes EP

Irish Pop singer and multi-instrumentalist Michelle Grimes arrived on the scene with a voice, panache, and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly set her apart from her musical peers. No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland.

“Hailing from Limerick, Grimes has emerged as one of the country’s most promising pop acts of recent memory. After the release of her first single ‘Going, Going, Gone’, Hotpress nominated Grimes alongside the likes of Dermot Kennedy and Denise Chaila for Irish artist of the year and one to watch. Michelle’s debut single wowed Irish radio and she went straight onto playlists across the country from Fm104, Live95, LMFM, Corks 96 and C103 as their Select Irish Artist of the Month as well as gracing the airwaves across BBC (Track of the week), 2FM, Spin and many more. 

Michelle smashed it at the overall International Radio Charts in Ireland landing on the Top 20 most-played Artists on Irish radio alongside Ariana, Joel Corry, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, and other stars. The track reached #3 in the breakers charts on Irish radio too.

With a sound that’s already been compared to the likes of Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Dua Lipa, the Irish star-in-the-making blends elements of pop and R n’ B, in her feel-good music.

Grimes comments on her debut self-titled EP:

This whole EP is about finding the fun, cheeky, sassy side-to-yourself and accepting it and you! It is a celebration of self-respect and self-love!… being able to love yourself for exactly who you are”.

We should also be able to love freely regardless of sexual orientation or gender. And as Mama Ru says “If you can’t love yourself? How in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” I hope my music connects to every as it’s for everyone!

The EP Michelle Grimes is out March 31st across all digital platforms. 

Produced: Danny Lanham, Dry Lane studios 

Additional production and Mix: Chris O Brien, Graham Murphy, The Production Suite Dublin 

Brass: Damien Moore

And Mastered: Richard Dowling, Wav Mastering, Limerick

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“One of the country’s leading pop prospects” – THE LINE OF BEST FITS

Irish pop star on the rise, KEHLI” – EUPHORIA

“‘Kehli wouldn’t feel hugely out of place on Mabel’s Ivy to Roses mixtape, Dua Lipa’s self-titled album or Mahalia’s Seasons EP ” – OFFICIAL CHARTS

After releasing her highly praised acoustic pop banger ‘Not Ok’ which went on to win notable mention in the International Songwriting Award in 2022, Irish pop starlet KEHLI now returns with this poptastic, LOSE U NOW, set to be released on March 2nd 2023.

Kehli comments:

“I am so excited that my first release of the year is Lose U Now. Kicking off 2023 with the energy of not wanting to lose the one person that makes you happy and makes you love being in love x I hope everyone enjoys this track and wants to play it on repeat!”

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, KEHLI is a 21year old vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate, and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. She spent her early years at stage school, where from age 5, she studied music and dance including contemporary, hip hop, and ballet.

Her evolving passion for music and performance encouraged 14-year-old KEHLI to try her hand on a couple of TV music shows (usual suspects The Voice/X Factor etc.) which, at such a tender age, provided invaluable experience and gained her a small cult online following.

It was this experience that led to an introduction with New York / London-based songwriter/producer, MSRD, who worked closely with KEHLI along with a few other key collaborators to create her sound.

KEHLI has been hotly tipped as ‘one to watch’ by the Official Charts UK, charted top #5 in 3 commercial charts as listed by Music Week, and, has received support from national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, & RTE 2FM.

Her last single ‘Not OK’ received editorial playlist support from Spotify including New Music Friday UK and was featured on ‘New Pop UK’ for several weeks. It also was used in a nationwide campaign for the Irish charity, Pieta House to highlight awareness about mental health wellness in young adults.

In total, previous releases have received 14 editorial playlist adds including Pop Remix (3Million listeners) on Spotify. The tracks have been added to Apple Music’s New Music Daily, YouTube Music’s Pop Fresh, & Filtr UK’s New Music Weekly playlist, amassing over 1.5 million streams across all platforms and over 13 Million national radio impressions in Ireland alone. KEHLI has been featured in multiple mainstream press looks including Wonderland, Clash, Earmilk, Record of the Day, Irish Times & Hot Press Spotlight.

She made her national TV debut on The Late Late Show with Ryan Turbidy, where she sang with the IWIH (Irish Women in Harmony) group. Playing to crowds of over 4000 people at the likes Independence festival and Sea Sessions festival this year, KEHLI is putting finishing touches to her forthcoming music which is an urban-infused pop EP with edgy ear-catching tunes.

The future is on track to be an exciting one for KEHLI.



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Charles James & The Rise Announce New Single “The Elephants”

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Charles James & The Rise play ramblin’ atmospheric folk influenced by the sounds of early Americana, roots, and their home county of Donegal, Ireland.
Performing as a duo live they seek to expand their sound in the studio with the concept of The Rise. A variety of musicians are enlisted to explore all avenues with the songs.
Their debut EP ‘Long Way From Here’ was released in 2019, and garnered airplay across Ireland, Northern Ireland, and America.
The upcoming single “The Elephants” will be released in March with their debut album following in the Summer of 2023.
About the song/behind the lyrics –
The Elephants was inspired by the loss of my father in late 2020 and the journey that followed. The grief and hopelessness that follows an unexpected death is expressed throughout the song.
The weight of the elephant on your chest is depression and anxiety and the paralysis you can feel on an almost daily basis. Anybody listening to the song will hopefully recognise that we may all have our Elephant at different points in our lives but there is always hope and you are not alone.
Musical Influences –
Writing influences include Kris Kristofferson, Dylan, and John Prine as well as more
contemporary songwriters such as Jason Isbell, Damien Rice, and Brandi Carlile.
Musically the band is influenced by the Laurel Canyon sound of the 60s, the interwoven harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel as well as the idea of the old Irish kitchen sing-song.
Recorded: Blast Furnace Recording Studio, Derry
Producer: Orri McBrearty (Rosie Carney, Dark Tropics, Chanele McGuinness)
Mixed: Orri McBrearty
Mastered: Richard Dowling at WAV Mastering, Limerick